Wondering if you are pregnant? In this article, we explain the symptoms of a possible pregnancy.
I don't have my period: am I pregnant?
Amenorrhea, the absence of menstruation, is THE known symptom of pregnancy. If you have a regular menstrual cycle and your period is late, you may wonder if you are pregnant. In fact, menstruation is due to a drop in the level of the hormones estrogen and progesterone if the egg has not been fertilized. But in case of pregnancy, the level of these hormones remains high and the period does not reappear until some time after the birth.
However, the delay of menstruation is not necessarily linked to pregnancy, it can also be caused by a delay of ovulation, by a significant weight loss, an emotional shock or a period of stress, or even a change of contraception or the use of emergency contraception.
On the other hand, some menstruating people, about 1 in 4, have an anniversary period on the date of their period while they are pregnant. This is due to the implantation of the embryo, which may be accompanied by a little bleeding. This anniversary period is usually less abundant and more pink, blackish or brownish than red.
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What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
When you are pregnant, one of the first signs to appear is swelling and hypersensitivity of the breasts. You feel as if your breasts are heavy and tense. This is due to the action of estrogen. However, it also happens to some menstruating women during the premenstrual period, so it is not a sure-fire symptom. However, if the swelling of the breasts is associated with a delay in menstruation, there is a good chance that you are pregnant. Moreover, if this is the case, the nipples and areola also change color progressively by becoming darker, with small granular swellings.
Nausea and vomiting is also a symptom of pregnancy. However, not all menstruating women are equal in this respect, since some will hardly suffer from it, while for others, this period may last throughout the first trimester. However, one woman in two suffers from nausea, especially in the morning. You may suddenly feel disgusted by certain foods and, conversely, you may have cravings for certain foods.
During pregnancy, you may also feel pain in your lower abdomen and a tightness in your groin. This is because estrogen causes the ligaments to soften so that the belly can grow.
What are the lesser known symptoms of pregnancy?
In addition, during the first weeks of pregnancy, you may also experience heartburn, heaviness after meals, or bloating. It is also not uncommon to be constipated. Our advice? Eat foods rich in fiber and drink plenty of water.
During pregnancy, your sense of smell often becomes very sensitive. Certain smells can suddenly disgust you, which is also the cause of some nausea.
Indeed, from the beginning of pregnancy, the uterus grows and presses on the bladder. This is why you may feel the need to urinate frequently. Empty your bladder regularly and continue to drink plenty of water!
Temperature is a very good indicator of pregnancy. When you ovulate, your temperature rises a few tenths of a degree and then stabilizes for 14 days before dropping again. But if fertilization has taken place, the temperature does not go down again after 14 days. You can check your temperature every morning and create a curve with these measurements. If you have a high and stable temperature for more than 15 days, you are probably pregnant.
Progesterone has receptors in the brain and acts on the entire nervous system, which would explain this feeling of exhaustion, especially during the first weeks of the first trimester of pregnancy. It is therefore necessary to rest as much as possible!
During pregnancy, it is not uncommon for menstruating women to have major mood swings, going from laughter to tears. Don't worry, this is due to hormones again! And it can be temporary or last for most of the pregnancy.
What to do if you think you are pregnant?
If you feel these symptoms or part of them and you wonder if you are pregnant, the first reflex is to take a pregnancy test from the first day of delay of the period. These are sold in pharmacies or supermarkets and allow you to get a quick and reliable result (99%). We also advise you to perform the test on the first morning urine since it is more concentrated.
If the test is positive, it must be confirmed by a blood test. It is time to make an appointment with a gynecologist or a midwife!